Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thai Cafe Blogging : Sushi

Thai Cafe has opened a sushi bar! It's in the back, in the expanded seating area that they opened last year.

The prices are comparatively low, and an order of nigiri is a single piece, so you can order a wider variety of things, even if you aren't sharing. I got snow crab, mackerel, eel, scallops, squid, octopus, yellowtail, salmon, tuna, snow crab and salmon roe. The fish was really quite good. The mackerel was more pickled than I like, but that means I can just eat more of the other things.

My Most Faithful Reader got a spider roll and a vegetable tempura roll. What I'm most interested in is combining this with the Thai food. I can imagine getting some Thai Cafe baskets, soup or fresh basil rolls and with 3 or 4 pieces of nigiri.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Blu Blogging : Blu Turns Two!

Tonight Blu Seafood and Bar celebrated its second birthday by bringing out complimentary appetizers to each table. The smoked salmon crostinis, quiches and crab rolls were a real treat.

I ordered a crab spring roll, which was looking and tasting particularly lovely tonight.

We got to enjoy birthday cake, too! The chocolate cake was great and the blackberries were incredibly delicious and sweet.

I had lunch with @mistersugar on Wednesday and I know he's been anticipating seeing his lunch on my blog. It was a mahi mahi special with a mango-pecan brown butter sauce and green beans. I love taking lunch photos, because the lighting is so much better and the results are more zoomable. In fact, that day Chef Tim Lyons and Mark were photographing selections from their new lunch menu, which will be unveiled in the next couple of weeks. Tim told me that it will even include a lobster roll!

I'm really looking forward to another one of their shellfish bakes, on July 22nd. You can read about the first and second Blu shellfish bakes and be sure to make reservations if you plan to go.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Local Yogurt

Last night, I finally made it over to Local Yogurt at Rockwood Shopping Center, in Durham. When I last visited Six Plates, Matthew Beason, mentioned that he and the head chef, Ted Domville, were two of the owners. I knew then that I had to bump up my first visit on my priority list.

They offered four flavors of yogurt with a huge array of toppings from which to choose. Someday, I really want to try the potato chips as a topping, as reviewed by Carpe Durham, but I decided to start out with something a little more traditional.

I picked the mango yogurt with local Dolly Mama chocolate, blackberries and blueberries. The chocolate was extremely good, but it was very hard and risky for my teeth. I'm going to have to go with the dark chocolate curls next time. The blackberries and blueberries were amazing combined with the yogurt. My 2nd Most Faithful Reader got plain mango yogurt and he said it was very good by itself, but he was also happy to take the chocolate off my hands.

The shop is so clean, bright and cheery. The counter and cabinets are even painted in a color of orange that I find appealing. No small feat!

Definitely go as soon as you can get over there. It's a fantastic and comparatively healthy way to wrap up the evening after dining at one of the many excellent restaurants within walking distance.